Music Therapy Area

Music Therapy is the application of music for rehabilitation of brain function and development and maintenance of mental and physical health. The qualified music therapist creates therapeutic music exercises to facilitate functional non-musical outcomes, training and retraining abilities in cognition, speech and language, motor control, academic performance, emotional growth, and social skills. There is strong scientific evidence that music is a powerful tool in therapy, engaging and changing the brain, and promoting behavioral learning and change.

Colorado State University has a long tradition in clinical education, research, and scholarship in music therapy. With an outstanding music program and an academic focus on evidence-based practice, graduates from Colorado State University learn necessary tools to be an integral member of a treatment team or pursue a career in private practice. Students also have the opportunity to gain experience on a biomedical or clinical research team.

In addition to the clinical core, music therapy majors take a wide variety of courses in music theory, music history, music performance, and coursework emphasizing the research aspects of music therapy. In addition, the program requires courses in psychology, neuroscience, and medical terminology. A total of 120 credits are required for the degree. Successful completion of all curricular requirements, plus a six month clinical internship, qualifies a graduate to sit for the National Board Certification Examination.

All degree programs are approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

Music Therapy Professor Blythe LaGasse spoke at Music and Mind, the first public initiate of the Sound Health Partnership between the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Institute of Health in association with the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. LaGasse’s presentation begins at 1:24:30.

Study With

Blythe LaGasse

Professor of Music; Music Therapy; Coordinator of Music Therapy

Blythe.Lagasse@colostate.edu

(970) 491-4042

Andrew Knight

Associate Professor of Music; Music Therapy

Andrew.Knight@colostate.edu

Lindsey Wilhelm

Assistant Professor of Music; Music Therapy; Coordinator of Clinical Practicum

Lindsey.Wilhelm@colostate.edu

(970) 491-0984

Music Therapy News

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Arts Well Represented at 2015 CSU Graduate Student Showcase

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On February 25, several Music and LEAP graduate students presented research at CSU’s Graduate Student Showcase. Over 300 CSU graduate students presented research and creative works, including six exhibits from music students in areas of performance, education, and therapy, along with four exhibits from students in the LEAP Master of Arts Leadership & Administration program. […]

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William Davis receives American Music Therapy Association Lifetime Achievement Award

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William Davis has been recognized for a lifetime of commitment and dedication to the field of music therapy with the American Music Therapy Association Lifetime Achievement Award.The prestigious award is given to signify the recipient’s primary role in the establishment and continued growth of the field of music therapy. According to the official announcement, “The […]

Music to cope, learn, and heal

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When alumnus Casey Ehresman ʹ08 taught in the K-12 education system, she noticed that music had a way of helping children manage stress and excel academically. She chose Colorado State University to study music therapy because of the program’s emphasis on neurologically based research and study. Now a music therapist in a maximum security state […]

Music Therapy Clinic

Student pictured leading a music therapy class

 

At Colorado State University we are dedicated to providing quality music therapy services and conducting clinical music therapy research. The CSU music therapy clinic serves as a training site for music therapy students. All students work with a board-certified music therapist who assists the student with completing an assessment, treatment plan, and weekly documentation. The board-certified music therapist also provides weekly supervision of clinical sessions, providing feedback and showing examples for the use of music therapy methods and techniques.

The music therapy program provides community services in the music therapy clinic located in the University Center for the Arts (1400 Remington Street, Fort Collins). We also provide services at facilities in the Fort Collins area including assisted living centers and schools. At the CSU music therapy clinic we have two research/clinical spaces that are appropriate for large group, small groups, and individual treatment sessions. We strive to provide this professional service in a supportive environment.

The CSU music therapy clinic offers music therapy services to a variety of populations for a range of needs. The student music therapist can use music to address motor, cognitive, social, emotional, or speech/language needs. In collaboration with a board-certified music therapist, the student music therapist:

  • Conducts a music therapy assessment
  • Formulates an individualized treatment plan
  • Leads individual, small group, or large group sessions
  • Collaborates with schools, staff, support team members, or allied health professionals (as appropriate)
  • Completes a final progress note after the 12-week treatment period

Persons interested in music therapy services need no musical experience. Our clinics are equipped with all necessary musical instruments and technology. For more general information about the benefits of music therapy please visit www.musictherapy.org.

 

Contact

Lindsey Wilhelm

Assistant Professor of Music; Music Therapy; Coordinator of Clinical Practicum

Lindsey.Wilhelm@colostate.edu

(970) 491-0984

Weekly Rehabilitation Groups

Since 1996, CSU has offered music therapy-based neurorehabilitation groups for members of the local community with mobility/motor needs. The weekly therapy groups typically consist of eight to fifteen participants who have experienced a stroke, brain injury, MS, or other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. A board-certified music therapist and physical therapist conduct the hour-long sessions with assistance from music therapy and pre-physical therapy students. Sessions involve motor or speech exercises facilitated by music.

Weekly Rehabilitation Groups

Since 1996, CSU has offered music therapy-based neurorehabilitation groups for members of the local community with mobility/motor needs. The weekly therapy groups typically consist of eight to fifteen participants who have experienced a stroke, brain injury, MS, or other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. A board-certified music therapist and physical therapist conduct the hour-long sessions with assistance from music therapy and pre-physical therapy students. Sessions involve motor or speech exercises facilitated by music. Please contact the clinical coordinator, Kyle Wilhelm, for more information about our outreach groups. Kyle.Wilhelm@colostate.edu

Parkinson’s Outreach Singing Group

  • Tuesdays, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
  • Rm. 145, University Center for the Arts
  • Download a flyer (PDF)

Parkinson’s Outreach Exercise Group

  • Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Rm. 145, University Center for the Arts
  • Download a flyer (PDF)

Music Therapy Research Center

Music Therapy session pictured

 

The goal of the CSU Music Therapy Research Center (MTRC) in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance is to create new knowledge in music neuroscience and clinical music therapy. The MTRC is a teaching research center, providing undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work collaboratively with faculty members on research projects. The MTRC is equipped to conduct research using behavioral and physiological measures including motor kinematics and electromyography (EMG).

Faculty members at Colorado State University are actively engaged in laboratory and clinical research project. The faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate research students, are conducting research on:

  • Early childhood
  • Persons on the autism spectrum
  • Motor and speech rehabilitation

Faculty members in the MTRC are also engaged in interdisciplinary research, conducting studies with faculty and students in Human Development and Family Studies, Occupational Therapy, and Music Education.

 

Contact

Blythe LaGasse

Professor of Music; Music Therapy; Coordinator of Music Therapy

Blythe.Lagasse@colostate.edu

(970) 491-4042

Volunteer for Music Therapy Research

We are recruiting participants for the following research studies: